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The facades of the white houses are reminiscent of the Greek island of Santorini, mass tourism has not yet reached the seaside resort and the peninsula of the same name offers numerous hotspots for vacationers: Bodrum is a real mecca for your holidays in Turkey.
The holiday resort in southwestern Turkey is located on the Turkish Aegean and, despite the hype of recent years, is still an insider’s tip when it comes to a beach holiday in Turkey. This is mainly due to the fact that seaside resorts such as Antalya, Alanya and Side are still much more popular with tourists.
However, Bodrum has a lot to offer vacationers too. The travel reporter gives you an overview of what you can experience during your Bodrum vacation, what needs to be considered and when you should best travel to Bodrum.
What should I consider when booking?
If you want to book a holiday in Bodrum, you will quickly come across numerous all-inclusive offers. And they certainly have their own charm. The question is, is an all-inclusive vacation in Turkey the right vacation for you?
If you’re primarily looking for relaxation, want to enjoy the safety of a tour package, and are willing to stick to fixed meal times, then the answer is probably yes. You can also calculate the costs much better here, as you know exactly in advance how much room and board will cost you.
However, if you are more adventurous and expect to spend a lot of time in Bodrum during the day, the all-inclusive may not be for you. Because then your place at the buffet will remain empty because you want to try the different culinary offerings in the area – and you end up paying twice.
In addition to catering, the transfer offer is also worth a look. As Bodrum-Milas Airport is located more than 30 kilometers from the Bodrum Peninsula, a hotel transfer should be included. This will save you time and stress at the airport in search of a taxi. Unless, of course, you still book a rental car for your stay in Bodrum.
By the way: you don’t need a visa to enter Turkey, you just need to have a valid passport or ID card with you. But you should always have it with you on site in case of a police check.
What is the best time to visit Bodrum?
Temperatures in Turkey are similar to those in Germany. Only the climate is a bit more tropical and less changeable than in central Europe. If you are planning a beach holiday, it is best to travel to Bodrum in the summer between June and September. So the daytime temperature is between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius.
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However, as the summer months are the main travel season in all of Europe, it will sometimes be full in one or the other place. Incidentally, it is particularly hot on the Turkish Riviera, on the Mediterranean coast, where Bodrum is also located, but it is also quite pleasant in summer, as a light wind always blows.
But a holiday in Bodrum is also valid in spring and autumn. Because with an average temperature of 16 degrees Celsius, you can then explore the area full of energy. However, vacationers shouldn’t forget to pack one thing: a windproof jacket.
Tips for getting to Bodrum
If you book a package tour, air travel is usually already included in the price. The air connection between Germany and Bodrum is therefore very busy, especially in summer, many airlines fly from various German airports to the East and back. From Frankfurt am Main, for example, it takes just over three hours to get to Bodrum.
Alternatively, you can travel to Turkey by car. From Berlin it is almost 3000 kilometers to Bodrum. The pure driving time is therefore almost 30 hours and the journey takes you through the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece.
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The most beautiful beaches in Bodrum
Turkey is a real hotspot for price-conscious beach vacationers. We will then show you the most beautiful beaches in and around Bodrum:
Here are our three favorites:
- the Peksimet beach it is located about 20 kilometers west of Bodrum city center. Due to the splendid location of the beach, today there are numerous hotels directly on the sea, which also own a part of the beach. The common area, on the other hand, is not equipped with sun loungers or umbrellas.
- Turquoise water, lush green forests and idyllic silence: the Paradise Bay abei Bodrum lives up to its name. Travelers will find the famous bathing bay in the north of the Bodrum peninsula. If you don’t want to drive alone, you can book a boat trip in the coveted bay.
- Tourists who want to hunt for celebrities during their Turkey holidays should take a trip to the Turkbuku Beach intention of. The beach, particularly popular with Turkish and international high society, is located in the north of the Bodrum peninsula.
The most beautiful places in Bodrum
But Bodrum as a holiday destination has not only beaches to offer, but also numerous sights and cultural centers. The Travel Journalist takes you on a tour of the places in Bodrum that are definitely worth a place on your bucket list.
Here you can find our three favorites:
- Bodrum is actually known for the white houses which are somewhat reminiscent of the Greek island of Santorini. Seen from the sea, however, a completely different picture characterizes the holiday resort: the massif Crusader castle San Pietro. This makes the castle between the two ports of the city the landmark of the city and actually belongs on the wish list for any holiday in Bodrum.
- In the middle of Bodrum, tourists will also find the very well preserved ruins of the Amphitheater of Halicarnassus. This is the ancient name of today’s Bodrum. According to historians, the theater was built in the first half of the 3rd century BC. to have been built.
- A walk in a typical bazaar is practically a must when on holiday in Turkey. That’s why it belongs Bodrum Bazaar definitely in this overview – and on your Bodrum wish list. In the city center of Bodrum there are three market days a week where different products are offered. On Tuesdays there are mainly fabrics of all kinds to buy, on Thursdays and Fridays it is just food.
Exciting destinations in Bodrum
Tourists wishing to explore the surroundings of their vacation spot have found Bodrum an ideal starting point for excursions into nature. We will tell you which are the hiking destinations not to be missed.
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- The Dalian Delta describes a kind of lake district that surrounds the coastal city of Dalyan in southwestern Turkey. The natural hotspot of the Turkish Aegean is located almost 200 kilometers from the Bodrum peninsula.
- the Datca Peninsula it is considered to be one of the hotspots for climbing tours in southwestern Turkey. The narrow strip of land, about 80 kilometers long, is located south of Bodrum, west of the small seaside town of Marmaris in the province of Mugla.
- There are historical monuments and ancient ruins in many places in Turkey. Bodrum is no exception. Just four kilometers from the city of Bodrum, in a forest in the north of the peninsula, history buffs will find the Ruins of Pedasa. You can reach the ancient site on foot from the small village of Konacik.